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A surprising 'Alien' connection to Western

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We just finished reading "Aliens on Vacation" to the kids (a friend from Colorado recommended the book, and of course, it takes place in Whatcom County up near the border). The kids loved it. And then, just a couple of days after finishing the book, the latest copy of Window arrived in the mail. To my surprise, there in the “Author’s Map” (Fall ’13) feature was Clete Smith (’96, English), author of the "Aliens" series, talking about how the Sehome Aboretum gave birth to many of the aliens in his books. Awesome! It's great to fall in love with a book and then find out it was penned by a WWU alum.

Ken Efta (’90, M.A., English)